The Chartered College of Teaching has today (15th June) responded to recommendations included in The Times Education Commission’s final report.
In ‘Bringing Out The Best’, the report sets out a series of suggestions to transform education including:
The status of the teaching profession in this country should be raised and the job made more intellectually engaging. Professional development should be backed by revalidation every five years by a beefed-up Chartered College of Teachers. This would mirror the certification process for doctors run by the General Medical Council, emphasising excellence while ensuring that all teachers are up to date with new technology as well as developments in neuroscience and pedagogy
Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, said:
“The profession is strongest when teacher expertise is built into the DNA of every school, with teachers having access to high-quality learning and being able to show what they know. It helps our teachers thrive and strengthens their expertise. All teachers should have access to these opportunities. However, it should not be forced. It cannot become a series of hoops teachers must jump through when already so much is expected of them. It needs to be voluntary. Teachers need to be trusted to do what they feel is right for their children and that they are empowered to make a difference.
That is why Chartered Status exists. Teachers, leaders and mentors have the opportunity to build an ever-expanding repertoire of practice incorporating classroom intuition with knowledge. It is about enabling our teachers to flourish—that way, society benefits.”
Over 1,600 teachers and leaders have set out on their journey to gain Chartered Status and be recognised for their expertise. The Chartered College has also announced Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status for school-based mentors in celebration of mentors’ essential role in supporting teacher development.